The Board of Directors – Somerset Local Food
Paul Sander-Jackson (Chair)
Paul is a qualified social enterprise adviser, who has lived on the Levels for the past 25 years. Paul as developed an urban farm and a co-operative garden centre in Bristol and supported a wide range of community led enterprises in both urban and rural settings
Paul is Director with Wessex Community Assets, an organisation promoting and developing community ownership in sectors such as housing, workspace and land. Paul helped develop the Wessex Community Land Trust Project – which has delivered some 120 affordable houses in 12 communities across Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.
From 1999 to 2006, as Director of Somerset Food Links, Paul supported the local food sector in Somerset and was a founder director of Somerset Local Food Direct in 2002. Paul was a co-founder and first Chair of Food Links UK in 2004 and from 2008 to 2013 I chaired the grants panel for the Big Lottery Local Food Fund which awarded over £50 million to community led local food initiatives.
Having worked for many years in the financial services sector for an international consulting firm, Kim moved to Somerset from where she has run a project management consultancy for the past 17 years.
Kim is trustee of both the Wells Food Network and Somerset Community Food, and a Director for Wessex Community Assets. She is a director of, and producer for, Wells Country Market, a co-operative that provides an outlet for small-scale home cooks and domestic fruit and vegetable surpluses.
Kim is also the Treasurer for Mendip Community Credit Union, a mutual financial organisation which supports 1,200 members. A founder Trustee of PROMISEworks (a charity that supports some of the most vulnerable young people in Somerset) Kim remains an active mentor and young persons’ advocate.
Sarah has a practical legacy of establishing successful social enterprises – including a school farm, urban farm, co-operative garden centre and educational and community projects. In 2000, Sarah became a founding Director of Somerset Community Food which provided training and community support for local food and health initiatives, including food co-ops, community allotments and sharing cooking skills.
Since 2009 Sarah has been a director of the Red Brick Building, Glastonbury. Renovating a derelict warehouse into an innovative community owned asse promoting arts, education and enterprise. Since 2014 Sarah has worked with the Reimagining the Levels group responding to the extreme floods of 2013/14and supporting the community to best secure a viable future for the Somerset Levels
As a practical, hands-on business consultant, Phil has provided strategic advice and support to large employers in the private and public sectors, micro and small businesses, social enterprises and charitable organisations for nearly 30 years. For the last 12 years Phil has also delivered many economic and community development projects in Somerset and across the South West.
Phil is well known to the local business community for leading projects such as the Code Club, a technology project across the South West which helps address skills shortages in the digital sector and the Genesis Project to promote and increase the use of environmental technologies in the construction sector. Phil also helped to develop the ‘Green and Grow’ economic strategy for Taunton Deane.
Philip is an active member of the Institute of Directors (IoD) and is a member of the South West Regional Board. He is also Chairperson of Young Enterprise in Somerset.
Somerset Local Food Direct
A variety of practical agricultural work in the UK and America and two years at agricultural college prepared Roger for a subsequent 30 years as a pig farmer. Roger combined this with small marketing initiatives around garden fertiliser and pork meat sales.
In the year 2000 Roger became the first manager of the newly formed Somerset Farmers Markets. While in this role Roger helped to develop the online shopping and delivery service which became Somerset Local Food Direct. He has been the mainstay of the organisation ever since, connecting small, local producers with discerning customers throughout Somerset.